Lovely Lady with a Band of Blue

A couple of female Tiger Swallowtails have been hovering about sampling nectar front the front yard flowers.

The first lovely lady showed up early in the afternoon, with just a small nip missing from her left “tail.”  She spent most of her time flitting from blossom to blossom on the butterfly bush.

The second chose to enjoy the Zinnias. You can tell she’s a female and not a male (featured in a previous post) because of the broad band of blue at the base of the wings.

In the picture below, you can see some of the basic butterfly anatomy pretty clearly – six spindly legs, two antennae, and a proboscis – which is a basically a straw for slurping nectar.  The upper part of the body is the thorax and the lower part is the abdomen. I love that you can see the eyes too.

But of course, what makes us stand in amazement of this creature are those stunning wings – surely the envy (and the inspiration) of many an artist!

Although common to behold, the Tiger Swallowtail is certainly uncommon in beauty!




About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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5 Responses to Lovely Lady with a Band of Blue

  1. Jodi says:

    A real beauty!!!

  2. Jill Kuhn says:

    We have had several Swallowtails flitting around at the lake this summer. One of them has mostly black and the other variety has yellow like in your photo. I love how they just seem to float from one plant to the next. Your photos are stunning, Kathy! 🦋

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